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LGBT Center Of Raleigh Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Civil Rights, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Leadership Development, Lesbian & Gay Rights, LGBTQ, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To strengthen individual and community development through social and educational activities; to facilitate the incubation of supportive services and groups; and to identify needs and advocate for resources benefiting the diverse population of lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people, their friends and supporters within and beyond central North Carolina.

Results: Too many to name!

Target demographics: the LGBTQ community and Allies

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 10000 people

Geographic areas served: Raleigh

Programs: SAGE Raleigh, Youth, Triangle Plus, Allies, Trans* Initiative, and many more.

Community Stories

106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LGBT Center of Raleigh does a great job of providing resources for the community in Raleigh. From resources to a safe space to computers that can be used, they provide a much needed service. So thankful to live somewhere that has such an amazing LGBT center!

El Mega M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the service this organization provides the community and it's allies.

Cheryl Doub H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LGBT Center of Raleigh has provided so much support for me as a parent of a trans kid. My son also loved being part of the youth leadership team and I think the youth programs are wonderful. There’s lots of variety so there’s something for everyone.

We received so much support individually that we started a group for parents and trans teens.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An outstanding organization that greatly improves the quality of life of LGBTQ residents of the city of Raleigh. Something for everyone from youth to senior citizens of every orientation and gender. Support, education, health, arts/culture, and many more opportunities for the community!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The LGBT Center is my favorite place in Raleigh. The people are friendly, the library is huge, and they have great snacks. It is a great place to just breathe and exist with no judgment.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a safe, welcoming space for everyone. They have a comprehensive library and offer a wide variety of programs for people in the LGBT community and their allies.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LGBT Center of Raleigh is absolutely wonderful! Leaders from the center come to my high school and talk to over 100 students and 20 teachers at our annual Transgender Awareness Luncheon about trans experiences, respect, and resources. I have now started volunteering at the center and it’s an amazing experience! The atmosphere is so welcoming and kind; anyone knows they have a place there no matter what challenges they may be experiencing in their daily lives. The center gives people a place to be themselves and is vital in a usually red state!

Jordan M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The LGBT Center of Raleigh has become my home away from home! I have met so many of my friends through their programs. I cannot thank the staff enough for saving my life!

Bet M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered here for 3 years and I love every second of it. The directors are so sweet and motivated to keep the center thriving, especially in the last year since the center moved locations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering here for several months, it has a great location, puts on amazing programs, and is a great place to hang out in.

Linda S.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started with the Center when it began and worked as assistant to the Directors for 5 years. I am an ally and this period of time was some of the most fulfilling years of my life. I learned more than I knew I didn't know, met so many wonderful people and was able to participate in some terrific events, including the annual Out Raleigh festival and standing with the community to fight for gay marriage. This is my family of choice and I can't express how much I have received in working with this organization.

Jim_112

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to volunteer, hang out. They have artists work displayed on First Friday's, along with food and beverage. They have many, many programs for all walks of life to support and help people thrive. Good place to make friends.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LGBT Center of Raleigh has a good variety of literature and videos. We've met a lot of nice people through volunteering, and First Fridays. It's nice to view the new art every month that is on display. I'm enjoying getting to know the community through the Center. It is in a nice area of town, in a nice building. It is great to have a safe place to go, where everyone is made to feel welcome. Kelly, James and all the volunteers are fun to work with.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful, passionate (and compassionate) people doing great work in our community!

Kris L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LGBT Center is my favorite place in Raleigh. The people there are like a family and they do so much for the community. I love all of the programs and events and I never feel out of place or unwelcome. Thanks for all you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing non profit doing wonderful work! Very helpful staff as well!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The LGBT Center of Raleigh gave me a place to feel accepted and loved in a time where the rest of my life was spiraling. The Center gave me light to focus on, when the rest of my life was dark and depressing. It allowed me to meet fellows in my community, create like-minded friends, and form bonds that'll last a lifetime. I am forever grateful to the individuals that work/volunteer at the center. The Trans Initiative has allowed me to further explore my identity and create amazing friendship. I love volunteering my time at the Center, and giving back to my community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is my absolute favorite place in Raleigh. The LGBT Center is a great source of information. They provide free HIV/STI testing, a comprehensive library, and a safe, judgment-free place where you are accepted exactly as you are.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was growing up, I was lucky enough to have something called the world wide web to use to interact and discover my sexuality and didn't see the value of a center in some urban area, being a bridge and tunnel. But after I volunteered at the center, I realized that there's still value in meeting someone face to face. Also if we look at the corporate world, while there's talk of the white collar being able to work remote, some companies like IBM want those who previously worked remote to come back to the office. Real connections aren't made digitally, they're made when you see the person and embrace them. The LGBT center has been my home where I don't just see people of my community, I embrace my family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Coming from a family who is not supportive of me being gay this center and the group's associated have made me feel welcome and like I can be myself. And that is truly one of the best feelings there is. I've been to several of the events and I always have a great time. Also the library is great. I definitely recommend anyone who is LGBTQ or an ally to stop by.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of my favorite places in the state! So welcoming, it's like a second home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot express what this Center does for the community. From the programming, the safe space itself, and the opportunity to meet fellow LGBT friends and supports. The program managers are tireless in their pursuit to offer quality opportunities. The Exec. Dir. and Assistant ED are fully committed and knock it out of the park. I would encourage anyone to visit the LGBT Center of Raleigh and experience the excellence for yourself. There is no reason to be lonely in The Triangle.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LGBT Center of Raleigh gives a voice and a presence for LGBTQIA individuals in the Triangle community. It also offers a safe space for our community members, especially the youth. The programs are excellent and make the best efforts to be mindful and supportive to all of our community. The annual OutRaleigh event is amazing and not to be missed if you are in Raleigh during the first weekend in May. Volunteering at the Center and for OutRaleigh has made me feel more connected to my community. I get back more than I give, every time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The LGBT Center is a great resource for the LGBT Community and their allies. Everyone is welcome. I hope you join us for some coffee, and educational event, or just to say hello!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This center is a wonderful educational resource and a great place to meet people and learn from other LGBT folks and allies.

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